How to Tummel: Conversational Mechanics

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Keynote given by Heather Gold.

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Heather Gold

the Heather Gold Show

Heather Gold is an innovative comedian with deep roots in The Valley. She tours North America performing, speaking and hosting conversations at venues from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to Kenyon College to Gotham Comedy Club. For 10 years, she’s been mixing up the Net and in live performances exploring the emotional mechanics of how people connect — for example, how to be “private” in public, how to scale conversation, and how to bring really different people together.

Heather’s best known for quickly cutting through the chaff and “open sourcing” aspects of her shows to highlight insight and humor from the people formerly known as the audience. Heather uses her performance as a lab, bringing insight to technology, business and communities on how to create useful conversations. Heather started working the web in 1995 with strategic roles at New Line Cinema, Apple’s pioneering webcast group and Fuse which designed the precursor to the iPod.

Heather hosts the Heather Gold Show which features bold conversations about politics, relationships and big life questions mingling web innovators with the avant-garde. Guests include Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, blogger Merlin Mann and twitter founder Ev WIlliams. She’s also baked over 24,000 cookies with audiences in her hit solo show I Look Like an Egg, But I Identify as a Cookie. Cookie was performed at leading NY development theatre Ars Nova in New York and ran for a year in San Francisco where it was selected as “Best of the Bay Area.” Heather has written for Alan Cumming, appeared in a pilot for LOGO TV and shared the stage with comics like Margaret Cho, Bill Irwin and Maria Bamford. Heather’s been quoted and covered in places like WIRED, NPR, and boing boing who calls her “brilliant” and “one of our favorite comedians.”

Heather makes authentic conversations happen bringing out “aha moments” at companies and conferences like Google, SXSWinteractive, BlogHer, AIGA, Social Venture Network, Forum One’s Marketing & Online Communities Conference and Overlap 08. She also contributes to media like The San Jose Mercury News, Tech TV, The Learning Channel, The Toronto Globe & Mail, and CBC Radio. Much to her parents’ delight, she has degrees from Yale and Northwestern Law.

Heather now offers very small workshops in UnPresenting in which she teaches people how to apply conversational mechanics to really engage the room. The first one is December 4th.

Heather has vowed to never use the words leverage or synergize unless it’s for a very important lifesaving purpose.

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Alexandra Salomon
11/20/2009 8:30am EST

funny but not really relevant to the web20 conference

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